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Fake job advertisements in print and online

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Have you ever seen a job advertised online that seemed to good to be true?

It’s possible you were actually encountering a fake ad designed to steal your personal information.


How the scam works

These scammers aim to obtain personal details such as bank and passport details so they can use the identity of the applicant in order to undertake malicious activities such as taking out loans in the victim’s name. This may force the victim into the sometimes complicated and expensive process of proving they are not liable for debts incurred or actions undertaken in their name by the scammers.

Scammers may also seek to steal money from jobseekers by asking them to pay travel, accommodation or ‘job application fees’ as part of an application process for the fraudulent job.

What you should do to avoid being scammed 

Be cautious about any advertisement you see online, and always do your background research on a company, organisation and person advertising the position.

NEVER send money to someone you don’t know online. Avoid sharing personal information (such as passport scans) with a company or person you don’t know anything about.

Seek.com has some other pointers you can check out here. 

If you get scammed

Report the ad to the platform where you found it, and contact their customer service personnel to see how you can secure your information, or get the user that supplied the fraudulent ad shut down.

If you have sent credit card details, contact your bank immediately.

Report scams to ScamWatch to help others and get advice.

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